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Slow scrolling on terminals.

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My observations are pretty much equal regarding the 'stock' terminal,
iTerm2 and gnome-terminal which I installed via macports:

I am on a mac mini 2011 with 8 Gb of RAM. My previous experience is with
ubuntu 10.04 on a Gateway GT5422E. I use terminals frequently. I find that on
ubuntu, scrolling in a terminal or a terminal application is just as responsive as
in a Gui application.

On the mac mini (with Lion) I am finding the scrolling - uparrow,downarrow, rightarrow, leftarrow - is significantly slower than in Apple Gui applications.

Is there a way to correct this? Are there by-application memory settings.

I am a total noob when it comes to mac, although I am coversant with
the *nix command line.


Software developer since 1987, web programmer since
1996. Linux user since 2000. 2011 mac mini, 8 Gb RAM.
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